SOTP Vintage Series
Main Motorcycle: Tiger Explorer 1200 XC
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Other Motorcycle: Moto Guzzi V7 Classic
I try and support local and national businesses wherever I can. If I have to pay a bit more, so be it. I like to think I`m investing in the future of my country, my city and myself. I have a Triumph dealership 8km away from my house, which really suits me if I need something in a hurry or if I need work done on my bike. I could easily buy everything online and save a few quid but if everyone had that attitude then the dealership would close and ultimately I would be the loser.
I was in there the other day and there was a bloke trying a Triumph leather jacket on, I overheard him talking to his wife, he was finding the right size so he could go home and order one from ebay. "What a parasite!" I thought, but he`s probably doing the same thing as thousands of others.
It`s human nature to want to pay as little as possible for something it makes us feel like we have won, somehow but it`s also human nature to get paid as much as possible for the job that we do. Well, guess what? That`s an imbalance that WILL stop. Globalisation is going to correct that imbalance over the next few years.
Here`s some food for thought, no matter how unique or protected you think your job might be, there is someone in a second or third world country who will do it cheaper, better and probably work harder at it and once it becomes possible for them to do that, you`re out of a job.
In Australia, more and more Aussies are travelling to Thailand and the Phillipines etc for Dentistry, medical procedures, cosmetic surgery, you name it. I broke a molar recently, it cost me $2000 for a crown. I could have got it done in Thailand incl flights accomodation, etc for $1500 PLUS I would have had week`s holiday in Thailand.
In the not too distant future, Town councils on tight budgets might be looking to import Chinese Firemen, Policemen, Maintenance workers etc etc. to save money.You think it won`t happen? It`s already happening here. The mining companies are importing Chinese labor.
We either need to develop a culture of supporting local and national business or we need to come to terms with the fact that our standard of living is going to align itself with the levels currently in China, Thailand etc.
"When we hang the capitalists, they will sell us the rope we use." Joseph Stalin.
She said, "You can`t take ANYTHING seriously, can you?" I just laughed.
Last edited by welshrob; 11-18-2012 at 07:45 PM.